Places to Eat
More than 30 wineries (plus two new AVAs) and dozens of breweries now grace the valley, including SakéOne in Forest Grove, one of the nation’s largest kuras, or sake breweries. In Tualatin, Ancestry Brewing serves tasty Bowery-style Reubens and sip-worthy raspberry sour beers.
Hungry after a day of exploration, but not sure what you’re craving? Restaurant Row along SW First Street in Old Town Beaverton is actually a few blocks’ worth of eclectic eateries, some featuring common outdoor seating areas with gas re pits. Head to the Family Café where an Iraqi family whips up savory lamb wraps and giant fava bean plates along- side pineapple smoothies, Turkish coffees, and Arab teas served in gorgeous glass-and-gold cups that could be straight out of Baghdad.
Sights and Events
With so many farms and vineyards scattered across the valley you can find a farmers’ market just about any day of the week. Head to Forest Grove on the first Wednesday of every month; to Aloha on Thursdays; to Cornelius on Fridays; and to Cedar Mill, Hillsboro, or Beaverton—the largest of the markets—on Saturdays. Farmers in the Northwest take particular pride in growing giant vegetables, and some get put to surprising use come fall, when full-size humans dress up in costumes and paddle giant, floating hollowed-out pumpkins around Tualatin’s Lake of the Commons during the West Coast Pumpkin Regatta on Oct. 16.
For a more historic celebration, downtown Sherwood hosts its annual Robin Hood Festival Sept. 24 and 25 this year, with Renaissance-style costumes, knight fights, and live music.
If you had in mind something a little more low-key, download a free brochure and cast off on a self-guided stroll in Tualatin along a series of routes collectively known as the Tualatin ArtWalk. The Ice Age Loop is a half-mile loop around the new shopping area near the Tualatin River, and takes you to glass drinking fountains, sculptures, and large rocks deposited by ancient floods that make the soils here so fertile.